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Gabija Fatenaite

Jul 10, 2019 4 min read

When gathering data for business, there are multiple paths one can take to collect the information. Most chose to build an infrastructure supported by proxies. However, even if this solution is the most popular choice by most, it is not necessarily the most optimal. 

That is why here at Oxylabs, we offer both proxies and already built web scraping tools. One of such solutions is Web Scraper. It is a quick and easy web scraping tool built to scrape any target of your choice. Let’s dig a little bit deeper on how Web Scraper works and what are its benefits.

What is Web Scraper? 

Web Scraper is a data scraping tool allowing you to scrape any target of your choice. There is no need to set up proxies or manage them. All you need to do is give us a URL, and we’ll give back the data back in HTML format. 

Ultimate Data Gathering Solution: Web Scraper

Web Scraper benefits

Web Scraper has a few distinct benefits that should be taken into consideration when choosing a scraping solution for your business:  

  • It is easy to use – all you need to do is provide us with a URL you wish to scrape, and the Web Scraper will give back your data in HTML.
  • You can scrape any target -choose any target you wish to scrape.
  • It is ready to use no need to manage proxies, and forget building or maintaining a scraper – we’ll do it for you.

Other web scraping solutions 

It is important to note that Web Scraper is especially suitable for those who don’t want to scrape challenging targets such as search engines or e-commerce websites but need a reliable and fast scraper API for any other source.

If you need to scrape search engines, e-commerce websites or require a solution for product page intelligence, the best solution for this would be Real-Time Crawler. We have gone into great detail what is Real-Time Crawler and its benefits, so make sure to check our blog post. 

Why do we recommend Web Scraper?

So, why should you choose Web Scraper over proxies? Or perhaps, you should choose Real-Time Crawler instead? 

According to our Lead Dedicated Account Manager Aleksandras Sulzenko, there are quite a few reasons why Web Scraper should be your choice:

Ultimate Data Gathering Solution: Web Scraper
Lead Dedicated Account Manager, Aleksandras Sulzenko

The biggest downside to using proxies is that they need to be managed and maintained – that means spending extra resources and time. On the other hand, that won’t be an issue with Web Scraper, as all of the proxy management will be done on our side.

With Web Scraper, you’ll have access to multiple geo-locations for the same initial price, unlike with data center proxies where further costs would be involved. We only charge you for the number of HTMLs (no traffic costs) and offer JavaScript support.

The whole work process of Web Scraper is simply a lot more resource-efficient. You can make use of the Callback method with which you don’t have to keep an open connection or check your task status and can collect your data whenever you need it (within 24 hours).

If you’re torn between choosing Web Scraper or Real-Time Crawler – it really depends on what target sites you want to scrape. If it’s a big search engine or any e-commerce site, Real-Time Crawler is your best option. If you also have a bunch of small target sites – I recommend you use both. This way you’ll have the highest chance to successfully gather data from multiple targets without having to worry about managing proxies, avoiding captchas, and scaling your whole infrastructure.

Conclusions

When choosing between proxies or Web Scraper – the latter is a choice that will not only be easier to manage but will be a more efficient and time-saving solution for your business.

If you have any questions regarding our web scraping tools or other data gathering solutions, you can contact us via live chat or [email protected]

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About Gabija Fatenaite

Gabija Fatenaite is a Content Manager at Oxylabs with an interest in tech. Having grown up on video games and the internet, she grew to find the tech side of things more and more interesting over the years. So if you ever find yourself wanting to learn more about proxies (or video games), feel free to contact her - she’ll be more than happy to answer you.

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